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100th Episode of SoundPractice

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) today released its 100th SoundPractice podcast episode, in which AAPL speaks with luminaries who shed light on the need to provide physicians with business training and leadership skills for the betterment of healthcare delivery.

In the 100th episode of “SoundPractice,” AAPL podcast host Mike Sacopulos speaks with a variety of global leaders in healthcare.

Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Gary Schwartz, MD, president of Associated Eye Care, author of a blog post on “Lessons from Ted Lasso”

Joan Naidorf, DO, author of “Changing How We Think about Difficult Patients: A Guide for Physicians and Healthcare Professionals

Shannon Prince, PhD, JD, and author of the new book, “Tactics for Racial Justice:  Building an Antiracist Organization and Community”

Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics and molecular virology at Baylor College of Medicine

Laurie Cameron, mindful leadership expert and National Geographic author of the “The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm and Joy from Morning to Evening”

Kara Swisher, digital expert and former reporter for The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and Host of the “Pivot” podcast.

Luis Pareras, MD, PhD, founding partner of two venture capital funds (HealthEquity and Invivo Ventures, based in Barcelona) and author of "Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Healthcare Sector: From Idea to Funding to Launch

Jennifer O’Brien, author of the book, “The Hospice Doctor’s Widow”

Sylvie Stacy, MD, MPH, author of “50 Nonclinical Careers for Physicians: Fulfilling, Meaningful, and Lucrative Alternatives to Direct Patient Care"

SoundPractice, the interview driven podcast, launched in November 2018, and set the tone with fresh perspectives on the business of medicine and physician leadership.

This roundup of interview excerpts with national and international leaders includes expert commentary from Dr. Peter Angood, CEO of AAPL.



Physician Career Transitions with Dr. Peter Angood and Dr. Jay Bhatt

These two physician leaders have successfully navigated significant career transitions, from clinical care to executive leadership.  Mike Sacopulos, the SoundPractice Podcast host, interviewed Dr. Angood and Dr. Bhatt on strategies for career transitions. In this episode, they cover how physicians can prepare for career changes, the importance of networking (and best practices to expand your network), the best advice for physicians early in their careers, and the career situations that brought Dr. Angood and Dr. Bhatt to executive leadership roles.

Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA
Managing Director, Deloitte Services LP, and Executive Director, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and Deloitte Health Equity Institute.

Peter B. Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM, FAAPL(Hon)
President and CEO, American Association for Physician Leadership

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Healthcare Economic Reform and Physician Leadership with Dr. Ellis “Mac” Knight

Ellis “Mac” Knight MD, MBA has over 40 years of experience in the healthcare arena as a practicing physician, physician executive, healthcare consultant, industry thought leader, and advocate for change. 
Mike Sacopulos interviews Dr. Knight about his new book, Healthcare Economic Reform: How and Why Physicians Must Lead Change Within Our Evolving Healthcare Economy.

Although the healthcare delivery system is as full of committed idealists as it ever was, the difference now is that the current healthcare system operates within an economically and politically driven milieu that prevents it from delivering what it is designed to provide: high-value healthcare services for the patients it serves.

Healthcare Economic Reform serves as both an educational overview of how the healthcare economy operates, and a step-by-step guide for physicians to follow in pursuit of making the delivery of healthcare more satisfying. This book will address industry-wide problems and shift the focus from reform of the delivery system to reform of the healthcare economy.

Dr. Knight shares key lessons gleaned from his long career to not only provide a review of how the healthcare system operates, but also to arm physician leaders with actionable information to reform the healthcare economy and satisfy their own motivations for entering the field of medicine.

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Chief of Medical Informatics for the U.S. Navy, Dr. Hassan Tetteh, on (AI) Artificial Intelligence

Paradoxically, medical science has been advanced by wars and militaries. In this SoundPractice episode, Mike Sacopulos is joined by by Hassan Tetteh, MD.  Dr. Tetteh is both a thoracic surgeon specializing in heart/lung transplantation and a Mission Chief using informatics for the benefit of American service men and women. By utilizing specialized data sets available to the Department of Defense, Dr. Tetteh and his team study a myriad of health concerns including suicide prevention. As a War College graduate, Dr. Tetteh has a unique perspective on leadership and the medical profession. The U.S. Military has things to teach physicians on leadership. In a conversation that will make you feel better about paying your taxes, Dr. Tetteh covers lots of ground and offers insight into leadership.

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The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation and Physician Suicide Awareness

Death by suicide is now twice the national average (physicians and nurses) prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation’s mission is to increase awareness, advance solutions, and promote advocacy at the Federal, state, and local levels. In this episode, Mike Sacopulos interviews J. Corey Feist, JD, MBA, the Co-Founder of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation. They discuss the mission of the Foundation, Dr. Lorna Breen’s tragic story, and review sources available at

Corey recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of the University of Virginia Physicians Group, the medical group practice of UVA Health comprised of 1200+ physicians and advanced practice providers. The Foundation has been doing good work, as evidenced by the recent passage of The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. 

Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation

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Dr. Laura Esserman, The Wisdom Study, and Breast Cancer Risk

Although great strides have been made in diagnosing and treating breast cancer, 40,000 Americans die of the disease each year.  Today on SoundPractice, host Mike Sacopulos discusses The Wisdom Study with Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA.  Dr. Esserman the Director of the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at UC San Francisco, a professor of Surgery & Radiology at UCSF, and a practicing surgeon and breast cancer oncology specialist.

The WISDOM Study – Women Informed to Screen Depending OMeasures of risk, seeks to bring together 100,000 diverse woman from across the United States to find the safest and most effective way to detect breach cancer for every woman. This study compares two approved screening approaches: annual mammograms for all women starting at age 40 or a personalized approach based on a woman’s individual risk factors for breast cancer, like her breast density, genes, and family health. Learn how your patients can participate in the Wisdom Study. This is large scale, important research you and your patients need to know about.

For physician leaders to enroll patients in the WISDOM study,

If you’d like to be an ambassador for the study, or to learn more,

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Is it a Good Idea or a Good Business Opportunity? A Discussion with Entrepreneur and Venture Capital Founder, Dr. Luis Pareras

Unfortunately, good ideas are not enough to advance healthcare.  Business skills, a team operating with clarity, and capital investments are needed. The stakes for venture capital in the healthcare sector, and for the general population could not be higher. In this episode of SoundPractice, Mike Sacopulos interviews Luis Pareras, MD, PhD, the Founding Partner of two Venture Capital funds (Healthequity and Invivo Ventures) focused in early-stage investments in the healthcare sector, where he has led the investment strategy and transaction processes.

Deeply involved in the innovation ecosystem, Dr. Pareras is a member and advisor to many healthcare innovation organizations, has served at the Board of Directors of many life-sciences companies, and is the author of, “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Healthcare Sector:  From Idea to Funding to Launch.” He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of financing healthcare corporations.

Many physicians have tremendous ideas on ways to improve healthcare. This episode of SoundPractice will walk you through the funding process from the perspective of someone who awards the venture capital.

Covering topics such as the need for physicians to have “MBA Skills” such as negotiation and communication, what partners are looking for in business pitches, and the protection of intellectual property, enter the world of the VC in this conversation with Dr. Luis Pareras.

Luis Pareras, MD PhD
Founding Partner
Invivo Capital

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Treating the “Difficult Patient,” by Joan Naidorf, DO

Physicians enter their professions with the highest of hopes and ideals for compassionate and efficient patient care. Along the way, however, consistent problems arise in their interactions with, “difficult patients.”  Addressing a problem that is rarely discussed in the patient care context, Host Mike Sacopulos interviews Dr. Joan Naidorf on her new book, Changing How We Think about Difficult Patients: A Guide for Physicians and Healthcare Professionals.

Dr. Naidorf describes the four types of difficult patients, and introduces simple, actionable tools that every physician, nurse, and care-provider can use to change their mindset.


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Physician Leadership and Healthcare Relief: Mission of International Medical Corps.

Margaret Traub is Head of Global Initiatives for International Medical Corps, the Los Angeles-based humanitarian organization that since 1984 has delivered more than $3.9 billion in healthcare relief and training in conflict and disaster zones in 80 countries. As a member of International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team, Traub travels extensively to field programs around the world - including to Syria, Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Philippines, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Haiti – to assist and to advocate for those affected by crisis. Prior to joining International Medical Corps in 2005, Traub spent 17 years in print and broadcast journalism. From 2000 to 2004, she was an Executive Producer at CNN, overseeing show coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the 2000 presidential election. 

Host Mike Sacopulos and Margaret Traub discuss the mission of International Medical Corps and the current needs in Ukraine and other disaster zones, how a physician can evaluate whether he or she is a good candidate for this type of work, the physical capabilities needed, and how physicians can support the humanitarian relief via financial donations or in consideration of a physician’s estate planning.

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The Caregiver as CEO with Jennifer O’Brien

Jennifer O’Brien, MSOD, has been a management consultant to physicians, served as CEO for large medical practices, and held administrative positions in academic medical centers. She describes the duties of CEO in the same category of duties for “Caregiver.” The art journal she kept as a form selfcare during her late husband's 22-month illness, was published as, The Hospice Doctor's Widow: A Journal. Jennifer educates physicians, nurses and allied health professionals about the role of family caregivers and the importance of end-of-life preparations for their own wellbeing and agency.

Host Mike Sacopulos and Jennifer O’Brien discuss the staggering statistics on family caregivers, the time involved with caregiving, the importance of wills and preparation and the transition of caregiver to griever.

Jennifer O’Brien also discusses a range of resources available for caregivers.   Free and downloadable tool kit – At-Peace Tool Kit:  A Guide to Being @Peace with the End-of-Life.


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